As Maryland tries to rediscover its strong football tradition under first-year head coach D.J. Durkin, the Terps ahve started by putting together an impressive 2017 recruiting class. The team hosted a recruiting event this Saturday, and, withing minutes of its beginning, landed a commitment from Washington, D.C. center Johnny Jordan.
At 6-foot-2, 290 lbs, Jordan is ranked as the ninth-best player in DC and the 14th best center in the entire country by 247sports.com. He reportedly chose Maryland over offers from Boston College, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He is rated an 81 by 247Sports and 84 on ESPN’s SPARQ rating system.
With the addition of Jordan, Maryland moved back into the top-25 (and up to 22) in 247Sports.com’s 2017 recruiting class rankings ahead of powerhouses like South Carolina, Michigan State, and Penn State.
With their 2017 recruiting class, the Terrapins will hope to turn around a program that has struggled over the course of the last couple years. They haven’t had a winning record in their conference since the 2010 season when they finished 23rd in the AP Poll after a bowl win over East Carolina University. That finish in 2010 marked their only top-25 national finish in the last 12 years.
In 2015, Maryland fired coach Randy Edsall mid-season, less than four months after signing a three-year $7.5 million contract extension. The team finished the season with a 3-9 record and went a woeful 1-7 in the Big Ten.